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September 2016


The club had two tournaments in August, quite a contrast in types of courses.  The first tournament was at Dry Creek, an old-style course in a somewhat rustic setting.  The course has lots and lots of trees, sort of Ancil Hoffman south.  The second tournament was at Whitney Oaks, long regarded as one of the strongest challenges to Sacramento area golfers.  With its recent purchase by the nearby casino, the course has undergone many improvements in its overall condition.  The Whitney Oaks tournament used the better nine format, so each player used only the score from the front nine or back nine, whichever was better.



1st Flight

1 Mike Morrow 61 net
2 Brad Erway 70
3 Mike Long 73

Mike Morrow won the fewest putts contest with 27 in a card off over Brad Erway.


2nd Flight

1 John Valdes 68 net
2 Jim Reed 69
3 Sandy Davis 70

John Valdes carded the fewest putts with 29.


3rd Flight

1 Allen Murdaugh 63 net
2 Nick Schiaretti 70
3 Beverly Johnson 72

Renee Wildenberg won the fewest putts with 29.


Closest to the Pin winners:

#5, Jeff Robinson, 5' 7", #7, Dan Nelson, 20' 8", #11, Brad Erway, 12' 2", #17, Mike Morrow, 16' 2".




1st Flight

1 Brad Erway 34 net
2 Jeff Robinson 34.5
3 John Valdes 35
4 Richard Sabbagh 36

Jeff Robinson won the fewest putts contest with 29.


2nd Flight

1 Rich Stratton 31.5 net
2 Tim Peart 35
3 Ernest Jiles 35.5
4 Bruce Prokopow 36

Tim Peart topped the putting stats with 30.


3rd Flight

1 Nick Schiaretti 32.5 net
2 Rosanna Evans 34.5
3 Dwain Yearwood 36
4 Nancy Luke 38

Allen Murdaugh won the fewest putts with 35.


Closest to the Pin winners:

#4, Renee Wildenberg, 11' 7", #8, Allen Murdaugh, 16' 2", #12, Frank Arcaria, 1' 4", #16, Brad Erway, 2' 7".



September brings us to the two club championship rounds at Lincoln Hills, Saturday and Sunday, September 24 & 25.  Renee has already sent out the first call for entries into one or both of these events.  October starts with the Reno trip October 6 through 8.  It’s not too early to mark Saturday, October 29 on your calendar, the date of our end-of-year scramble and awards luncheon.



Our four person team of Alan Staton, Brad Erway, Steve Ryan and Rich Anderson finished second in their qualifying round at Castle Oaks.  They played at Spyglass Hill on August 30 and were in third place after the first day of competition.  The second day at Poppy Hills didn’t go so well and the team dropped out of the top three.  Alan Staton and Jim Svobodny played at Castle Oaks on August 10 for their Senior Four-Ball competition.  They played well and carded a score of -5, but it took -7 to make the playoff for the final slots.  Our Teal Bend tournament was also an NCGA qualifier; after much to-ing and fro-ing over scheduling conflicts, our representatives will be Brad Erway, Jim Svobodny and Will Wong, who will replace Joe after Joe’s recent injury.  Good luck to all our competitors.



We don't always play from the white tees for men and red tees for women


Before you start play, remember to check the score cards to determine the tee placements for men and women. Renee color codes our score cards so you can easily see the tee you will use. When we played Whitney Oaks, one member disqualified herself when she realized she was playing from the red tees instead of the gold. I heard that some other women played from the red tees but I don't know who might have done so. When we played Wildhorse earlier this year, I heard that some men played from the white tees when the card designated the blue tees. Golf is a game of honor and it’s important to play by the USGA Rules of Golf (and the NCGA adheres to the USGA rules). We won’t backtrack and DQ others who may have played from the red tees. But, now you know this rule and I’m sure you’ll follow it in the future. If you are disqualified from the tournament, I can still post the score if you play at least 13 hole (see July and August newsletters for information about posting scores when you play 7 of 9 or 13 of 18 holes).




SLOPE: The average course has a slope of 113. The red tees at Whitney Oaks is way above average at 136. Therefore, we selected the gold tees which were 131 and still plenty difficult. The white tees for men at Whitney Oaks had a slope of 125 which was slightly easier.

RATING: Because we are a coed club with members competing from different tees, members playing from the set of tees with the higher USGA Course Rating receive additional stroke(s) equal to the difference between each USGA Course rating. The resulting figure is rounded off to the nearest whole number (.5 or more is rounded upward). If the women had played from the red tees at Whitney Oaks, they would have received 3 strokes more than the men (women 72.5 – men 69.9 = 2.6 rounded to 3). However, with play from the gold, the 69.9 rating for men and 69.6 rating for women had .3 difference so there was no adjustment. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Cheryl Nelson, Handicap Chair




After the Whitney Oaks tournament, here are the club point leaders:



Brad Erway


2 Jim Svobodny 195
3 Mike Morrow 190
4 Sandy Davis 180
5 Nick Schiaretti 160
6 Dan Nelson 155
6 Cheryl Nelson 155
6 Beverly Nelson 155
9 Rich Stratton 145
10 Judy Davenport 140
10 Gene Coughlin 140
12 Michael Dazey 135
12 John Buck 135
12 Rosanna Evans 135
12 John Valdes 135
16 Mike Long 125
16 Bruce Prokopow 125
18 Jeff Robinson 120
18 Joe Gough 120
20 Alan Staton 115




Keep those friends, co-workers and other golf buddies coming!  As always, TRGC is looking to increase its membership base, so be sure to invite your friends, co-workers, and golf buddies from other groups to meet our club.  Don’t forget, you can take $5 off your renewal fee for next year for each new member you bring to the club (limit of five new members per person per year).



Club member Brian Ferguson and his wife recently had a baby girl; congratulations to the Ferguson and to proud grandpa Mark Ferguson.  I’m sorry to report that Ester Rounds’ mother passed away recently.  The club sends its condolences and prayers to Ester and her family.  Joe Gough tore his Achilles tendon while playing at Dry Creek, which required surgery to repair the damage.  Joe is now in a walking boot; remarkably, he is still hoping to make the Reno trip.  Have a quick recovery, Joe.  Remember to keep any ailing club members in your thoughts and prayers





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